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MS confirms Windows 7 sped up for 2009 launch

updated 07:45 am EST, Fri November 7, 2008

MS Targets Win 7 for 2009

Microsoft late Thursday admitted that it was ultimately targeting the public release of Windows 7 for 2009, confirming suspicions of an early release. In a presentation for its Vista Velocity program, which speeds up and improves the user experience of upcoming PCs, the company largely confirmed that its attention for Velocity would be on Windows 7 for later in 2009. The focus is "definitely" on having 7 ready for holiday 2009, according to Microsoft director Doug Howe.

The news is a change in stance for Microsoft. Publicly, the company has avoided committing to a narrow timeframe for the launch of Windows 7 and has at most alluded to aiming a release at early 2010, or the three-year anniversary of Vista's release. However, the company has increasingly given hints that its next major Windows release is on a fast-track schedule and may have effectively confirmed this at its Professional Developers Conference late last month, when it showed that it would have just one major beta release followed by feedback and a public beta.

It's widely believed that a late-2009 release is prompted both by the technical nature of Windows 7 development and Microsoft's own concerns for its experience with Vista. As 7 already contains the major architectural changes that were brought about with Vista, the company is better able to finish planned features or to discard those that would be unlikely to make an early release target. Such an early release has been increasingly deemed important as Microsoft has suffered both from a negative perception of Vista, prompting its $300 million ad campaign, as well as a large number of businesses refusing to adopt Vista due to compatibility and performance problems.

Some of the core changes in Windows 7 are centered around speed and memory use, both of which should improve enough to allow netbooks to run Windows 7 instead of forcing either Windows XP or Linux.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Another $700 virus ridden theme comin your way!

  1. gambit-7

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: jarod

    Wait.. come on... not necessarily....

    I mean - you know - probably... but not necessarily.

  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    scheduling apparently has a substantially different meaning at Microsoft. This is going to be too little too late after the damage done by Vista. No matter when they actually release 7 they'd better make it as glitch-free as possible otherwise the blood-letting will get nothing but worse.

  1. robert_myers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What about WinFS?

    Will it be delayed yet again, making it 5 releases of NT that it's missed?

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    vista la hasta byebye

    They'd better make it as glitch free as possible, because Microsoft lacks a capacity to write a service pack that can actually be installed. Vista -- what a joke!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: vista la hasa...

    What are you talking about. I've never had an issue installing any MS service pack that I recall, from a Windows SP to ones for Office or their other software.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lipstick on Swine

    They're making an awful big fuss about a new skin for DOS.

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ready (or not)

    "having 7 ready for holiday 2009"

    I guess that all depends on your definition of "ready". Vista was supposedly ready...

  1. Titanium Man

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No biggie

    It's like the guys at PC Magazine write. Win7 is no big change over Vista. In fact, it's almost like Vista SP3. It even still has the registry. The best thing they could say about Win7 was that it will be like Win98 SP2 to Vista's Win95.

  1. LunarMoon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    vista with lipstick

    Here comes Vista with lipstick...

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